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Old 12-27-2007, 02:52 PM   #51
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it seems they have addressed a lot of consumer complaints and suggestions in terms of the 2009. the added mid range power is nice, more seating room is a plus.

im a fan of the interior, i just hope its not like the 08 imprezas where the dash kind of "comes out at you", the exterior is ehhh at best, its definitely more so along the lines of SUV styling. seems that its moved out of "wagon" status and full blown into the "cross sports" category.

i noticed people saying how we shouldnt fear change, and blah blah.. i dont think they are scared of change.. i think they dislike the fact that Subaru's design team has now gone mainstream and our cars are looking more and more common. in that regard i completely agree with them. that is the one thing ive always liked about the subaru line is that it was different and awkward looking.
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:55 PM   #52
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^^^ -1 to that guys +1.

If you only want to see Impreza stuff just go ahead and not click on the non-impreza topics. Nobody's forcing you to read stuff about the Forester, Tribeca or Legacy.

I'd rather go to one site rather than have to sign up and monitor 3-4 sites to get my reading enjoyment.
-2 to that guys +1.

I'm in agreement. If I can go to just one place to get most of my info, that's the site I'm going to spend most of my time. NASIOC has become so big it leads the way in Subaru web sites. As a two-model family (Impreza/Outback) I applaud them. I like to be kept up to date with what's going on overall and I don't think NASIOC is stepping over the line reporting the latest on Subaru as a company.

MHO.
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:17 PM   #53
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i think it looks great,as long as its priced right it should be a seller.im sure it will sell more then the new impreza.

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Old 12-27-2007, 03:47 PM   #54
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oh my go$$$ that looks like crap--go buy an 08.
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:23 PM   #55
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A little too much Mitsubishi-ish to me.
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:56 PM   #56
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They look pretty good but they also look a little old now. Add to that the lack of rear seat leg room in the SF and SG Foresters and the new SH model starts to look a lot fresher to me. The small body Foresters will probably always have a following like the GC Imprezas do but I'm already sold on the big body SH to replace my 2001.
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:04 PM   #57
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I would buy one.
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:18 PM   #58
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They look pretty good but they also look a little old now. Add to that the lack of rear seat leg room in the SF and SG Foresters and the new SH model starts to look a lot fresher to me. The small body Foresters will probably always have a following like the GC Imprezas do.
+1 I like the older foresters, especially the SF's but when it comes to which would I choose today or 6 months from now with a choice between the two I'll have to go with the 09. Subaru's styling has always been bland and dated, I've never had a problem with that in fact that's part of what I like about them. They have such an unassuming look to them that people are always a little surprised by what they can do.
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:41 PM   #59
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at least subaru is saving money on the dashes. they looks all the same in like every model
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:03 PM   #60
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What I think needs to be understood is that most forester owners are not Suby enthusiasts. The majority of forester owners are in their late 50s and 60s. I think it was a good move for Subaru, making it more appealing to that cohort i.e. less boxy. I actually prefer the boxier look though.
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:25 PM   #61
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What I think needs to be understood is that most forester owners are not Suby enthusiasts. The majority of forester owners are in their late 50s and 60s. I think it was a good move for Subaru, making it more appealing to that cohort i.e. less boxy. I actually prefer the boxier look though.
Maybe it's just me but the majority of Forester owners that I see/know are quite a bit younger than that. They are more typically in their mid 20's to mid 30's. Now Outbacks on the other hand around here are more likely to be owned/driven by the mid 40's and up crowd.

And I have yet to meet a Subaru owner who isn't an "enthusiast" to some degree. Subaru owners know they own a Subaru, most others know what color car they own. Enthusiasm can manifest itself in a variety of ways.
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:52 PM   #62
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Maybe it's just me but the majority of Forester owners that I see/know are quite a bit younger than that. They are more typically in their mid 20's to mid 30's. Now Outbacks on the other hand around here are more likely to be owned/driven by the mid 40's and up crowd.

And I have yet to meet a Subaru owner who isn't an "enthusiast" to some degree. Subaru owners know they own a Subaru, most others know what color car they own. Enthusiasm can manifest itself in a variety of ways.
Must have a different crowd of forester owners in Idaho and Utah then.

The other day I went to get an estimate on some dents to be fixed on my Forester, and as she's looking right at my car she asks me, "So what kind of car is it?" I respond, " A Subaru Forester." Then she said, "Oh... thats what I drive too." She was in her early 50s.
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Old 12-28-2007, 05:10 AM   #63
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put me down for an xt. Looks like choosing between the LGT and the FXT for the ride won't be easy
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:13 AM   #64
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Maybe the OP should put up some better pics of the new Forester. Those pics suck!
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:42 AM   #65
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Not half bad...its definetly got potential.
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Old 12-28-2007, 10:13 AM   #66
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Default I think it is nice.

the only subaru wagon I ever liked was the square 80s look and three main "slow pokes". Add to that dual range, hack in a lift kit, simply 27 inch tires... I could drive it forever.

the new forestor brings back the look (from first glance anyway) that you could just slap on some tall squishy more offroadish tread, accept the ground clearance with pleasure and almost treat it like it is as tough as the old I cherish. Add some dual range, go a bit more suv, and make the transverse driven equivelants the jackass they always will be. Good job. The first glimpse of realistic to me I have seen in more than a decade.

meanwhile, the 87 sube is waiting as a daily driver for one of these to be accepted cheaply as expendible, like all cars (I never can like too much- that would be ridiculous).
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:58 AM   #67
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That just sucks
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:06 PM   #68
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I have an 05 xs. It compliments my 03 hybrid wagon nicely. I will be replacing it with the new body style after they have been out for a bit. More room,more ground clearance, better interior, better features and a look to keep it competitive with it's competition. Keep it boxy and watch it not sell, or evolve and survive ? The answer is obvious
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:50 PM   #69
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It's got the same front bumper as the new STi
Looks like a Toyota.

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Old 12-28-2007, 05:22 PM   #70
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i think its looks better and more upscale. Won't draw to the tuner market as much because it looks alot bigger. But will probably sell better to middle class folks. I hope it has a diesel option that would be sweet.
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:51 PM   #71
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:37 AM   #72
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It's amaizing how much damage a BAD PHOTO can do to a car's image.

better photos can be found here:

http://blogs.edmunds.com/Straightline/3963

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2009-...rester/545237/
Agreed. Is Subiesport trying to torpedo the new forester by showing the worst view of it their post and then splashing it on the NASIOC home page? The other views from the quarters, sides and rear look great. The head on view is going ot take some getting used to but overall it looks much better than the SF/SG Foresters.

Try the 3d view page from Subaru Japan. Make sure you try it in different model grades and colors.
http://www.subaru.jp/forester/forest...0/index3d.html
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:44 AM   #73
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I'm sold! It has certainly addressed some of my hesitations with the current model (mainly rear leg-room), and the looks are more palatable with the rest of the family..! None of them cared for the Forester before (or my OBS for that matter) but this one, at least from the pictures, has full approval!
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:06 PM   #74
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The old model looks better.. subaru needs a new designer. i vote for the guy that designs austin martins. he's got a good eye
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:05 PM   #75
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